"Carmen, I'm not sure what happened to your Alt-J interlude 2 coverbut this is what i had to say.....
That was cool Carmen! Now you're a triple threat - voice, cello and guitar!! How did you learn this cover? Did you figure it out by ear?"
"Personally, I enjoy profound songs, or lyrics that clearly make a statement, very honest. In this song by Cake, Rock and Roll lifestyle, I take it to be kind of an attack on Hipsters and teenagers and rebellious people. It's funny! Very…"
"Oh yay I love harmonies!!! Here's a few songs I like that have really nice harmonies
The first is Interlude 1 by Alt-j. I do a cover of this song on my page with different harmonies using GarageBand.
The second is a song by James Blake, one of…"
"@arambajakian thank you so much!
By the way, Interlude 1 is most definately NOT my song, but I am happy that you thought it was ha!!! no it's by Alt-j but it isn't one of their most popular songs. I just covered it because it was a neat…"
Cello, Guitar, Piano / keyboard, Percussion, Voice
My other musical interests, styles, and instruments are:
Um, I like to pick out songs on my cello when I hear them and then arrange them with multitracks on GarageBand. I also, when playing guitar, refrain from using picks, instead just doing weird finger patterns, finger pickings.
CURRENTLY TRYING MY BEST TO LEARN SPANISH FLY--Believe in me and i WILL learn it. (haha this will take a while...)
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
I love Fleetwood Mac, Iron & Wine, and Eddie Vedder. I think Eddie Vedder is a big inspiration for me because he has a very expressive style of playing, almost never playing something the same way twice! I also love the soundtrack for the movie Once, because I think in some songs the guy--who is just playing a normal acoustic guitar--lets everything go and shreds his vocal chords with soul while just playing on the side of the street begging for coins.
And just since some people like lists, I guess I can just name some artists that I love and inspire me:
Birdy (Cover artist at the moment)
Turtle Islant String Quartet (So cool--Check out Skylife)
Portishead (A very overlooked wonder)
CAT POWER (Her earlier stuff is a bit better, I think)
Massive Attack (Very interesting concept...)
Iron & Wine
LAURIE ANDERSON (so wierd...yet so awesome...)
Passion Pit (Enter Indies...)
Walk off the Earth
Sonny and Cher
The Naked and Famous
KRUDER AND DORFMEISTER (absoLUTELY love)
LORDE (I love her too)
JAMES BLAKE (so much amazingness)
More about me:
I am an 8th grader who lives in Charlottesville and plays cello in BMSO (Buford Middle School Orchestra...you could've guessed it).
I also love to write and ride horses and TAKE PHOTOS. I guess I don't exactly fit in perfectly with everyone, but you know us musicians...
Deidre here, songwriting teaching artist from Carnegie. Congrats on becoming a finalist!
First I want to say I was blown away by your original song. You've really come up with some cool accompaniment ideas on the cello (an instrument I've always wanted to play! I'm a pianist) and I dig the authenticity in your voice. What I heard makes me want to hear more!
Please reach out whenever you like with any comments, questions, etc. You can hear my music by checking out my profile. I'll be adding new content throughout the season.
I hope you'll do the songwriting prompts for the next couple of months. This first one is: Who are you as a songwriter?